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The Circus of Hungry Clowns: A Horror Novella by Caesar Ruell

The year is 1936, and the residents of Brentway are excited - and so they should be… the circus has come to town! After much anticipation and chatter amidst the packed grandstands, the booming voice of the charismatic ringmaster announces the beginning of the show. In the audience are Joe, and his son, Bobby, who can’t wait to see all of the outrageous clowns from the brochure - Chunky, Bonzo, Itchy, Queasy, Fangs, Crooks and Bruiser. When Bobby is selected to participate in one of the acts, Joe is thrilled for his son. However, after the performance is over, much to the distress of his father, the boy fails to return. Searching desperately to locate him, Joe needs to first hunt down the truth about those involved, by using any means necessary. But when the secrets he uncovers are of a far more savage nature than anything he could have imagined, Joe is forced to ask himself the most harrowing question of all: does Bobby still draw breath among this horrifying cavalcade of clowns, or is it already too late?

My Thoughts

Many thanks to Caesar for a review copy.

Since watching pennywise I hate clowns, they're so creepy, stranger danger type of thing and I believe clowns+horror go hand in hand. So I dived in expecting the worse and wasn't disappointed.

I like to read short stories or novellas between novels as It's refreshing and helps my Goodreads book count challenge so "The Circus of Hungry Clowns" was perfect. It's only around 70 odd pages but it packs a punch!!. It has everything suspense, gore, missing limbs everything under the sun.

The characters were believable and the pace was at breakneck speed which I love.

Overall a great read and hopefully there will be a sequel as the ending was left with sort of a cliffhanger.


About the author

Caesar Ruell is an Australian author of horror and fantasy stories. When not writing, he is usually working his day job, hiking, golfing, playing the guitar or spending time with his partner - who is not a fan of horror whatsoever.

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